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Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Fleener, Clay and more
November 23, 2013
We’ve got just one more day left until Week 12 really gets going in the NFL, so the fantasy excitement is running high. Before we start finalizing those lineups, let’s check in on some of the notable players out there and see if we can figure out what type of week they’ll be having in the stat columns. Here’s the latest.
Coby Fleener, TE, Indianapolis Colts: Fleener’s stock has risen in a big way due to the season-ending injury to No. 1 Colts WR Reggie Wayne. He’s amassed 204 receiving yards on 15 receptions in the past three games, and though he doesn’t have a touchdown in that span, it appears it’s only a matter of time before he finds the end zone.
Here’s the good part for fantasy owners: Fleener will face the Cardinals in Arizona this week. Though that sounds like a crummy matchup, Arizona has actually been awful against opposing tight ends, surrendering 10 touchdowns to the position this year. Given the poor defense and his chemistry with Colts QB Andrew Luck, Fleener makes a nice fantasy start tomorrow.
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Rashad Jennings, RB, Oakland Raiders: If you were lucky enough to snag Jennings off the waiver wire earlier this year, you could be in for a larger-than-expected payoff. He’s performed so well on the field in the two games since McFadden has been gone that he’s prompted the Raiders coaching staff to give him an additional vote of confidence, stating that he’ll remain a big part of the running game even when McFadden comes back.
Since the injury pushed him into the top spot, Jennings has racked up 238 yards and a TD on 42 carries. That’s a much better performance than his predecessor. Speaking of which, it’s looking like McFadden’s hamstring injury will keep him sidelined once again tomorrow, so Jennings is a great fantasy start for a third consecutive week. The Raiders host the Titans tomorrow.
Brandon Jacobs, RB, New York Giants: Thanks to the return of Andre Brown in the Giants’ backfield, Jacobs has been relegated to short-yardage and goal-line duties. He managed to hit pay dirt last week, with nine yards and a score on five carries.
Jacobs may not be out there tomorrow against the Cowboys, however, as he’s been listed as questionable due to a knee injury. If he can’t go, it’s good news for Brown owners as he should see a bit of an up-tick in touches and additional consideration around the goal line. Should New York get in close to the Cowboys’ end zone, they’ll likely be able to punch it in without too much difficulty. Dallas has given up 11 rushing scores so far this year.
Charles Clay, TE, Miami Dolphins: In Week 11, Clay enjoyed his best fantasy game of the season, posting 90 yards and a TD on six catches. That once again puts him back into the conversation after four straight single-digit scoring weeks.
Is Clay worth starting in Week 12? At first glance, you might think not. He’s going up against a streaking Carolina defense that’s riding a string of big wins. That said, they’ve allowed touchdowns to tight ends in four of their last six games, so Clay might be able to find some room out there. This is the definition of a “trap game” for Carolina, and if they overlook the Dolphins we could have something here.
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